Students will be refunded for their April U-Pass, UBC announced in an email this afternoon.
After the university transitioned classes online in March, many students stopped using transit but were on the hook for the $41 monthly U-Pass fee.
“Your entire 2019 Winter Term 2 U-Pass fee has now been reduced from $164 to $123,” reads the email.
- U-Pass program temporarily suspended beginning May 1 amid COVID-19 pandemic
- Commuter students face uncertainty over transit to campus for fall classes
The refund is only for students who did not load their April U-Pass, did not use their April U-Pass if loaded or used less than $41 worth of fares in April.
The refund will appear as tuition credit on the Student Service Centre. Students wishing to request a refund for the credit can call enrolment services at 604.822.9836 or 1.877.272.1422, or they can fill out this online form.
The AMS and TransLink encouraged students to refrain from using their U-Pass during April as the two groups negotiated the refund.
“Every little bit helps sometimes, and we’re happy that we’re able to provide some additional financial relief for many students,” said AMS President Cole Evans.
When asked whether the AMS would consider reducing U-Pass fees after many faculties announced courses will be primarily online, Evans said that the AMS will support students financially.
“We want to make sure that we are balancing affordability, but also acknowledging the need that many students do rely on transit,” he said.
This article has been updated to include comments from the AMS.